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The people behind the greatest poll exercise

The people behind the greatest poll exercise

An army of government staff all over India conduct the world's greatest democratic exercise. Archana Masih/ glimpses how they do it in the pivotal Saran constituency in North Bihar. This morning, P2 will get on his motorbike and make his way to Amnaur in Bihar's Saran district to assume his duty as a polling officer. "In this election, I have become an officer," laughs the clerk at a government school, who is called 'Polling Officer 2' in the election scheduled to be held on May 7., 2 months ago

How the 'secularists' defeated Nitish Kumar

The 'secularists'are more adept at the politics of intense and alarmingly exaggerated fear-mongering, as this kind of politics provides easy votes of Muslims without making them answerable for the concrete issues of poverty, unemployment, lawlessness, and of basic needs like roads, electricity, etc, which is exactly how Nitish Kumar was defeated in the elections, says Mohammad Sajjad. How does one make sense of the Lok Sabha election verdict in Bihar, where the performing incumbent regime of ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

'Too early to say whether a "BJP era" is emerging'

'The Congress era was already over anyway! The real question is: Has India opened a new, post-coalition era and I'm very doubtful about that,' Christophe Jaffrelot, author of several books on Indian politics, tells Archana Masih/, analysing Mandate 2014. "Modi will not be the kind of Primus Inter Pares (first among equals) Vajpayee was. His style may be more similar to that of Indira Gandhi before the Emergency, this famous 'Era of discipline'..." "The BJP has promised so much that ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

'The Modi wave has wiped off everyone in Bihar'

'Nitish Kumar's government will be at stake. The JD-U is working with a very thin majority, which is a borrowed majority. With just two seats Nitish Kumar has no moral right to stay on,' says Professor Prabhat Ghosh. Professor Ghosh tells Archana Masih/ how the Modi wave has demolished both Nitish Kumar's vikas and Bihar's caste factor. Narendra Modi's huge majority in Bihar seems to have broken the stranglehold of caste in the state. "Modi is getting 75, 80 percent of the seats and ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

'Modi is contesting from every seat in this election'

'I want to ask Giriraj Singh why should we go to Pakistan jab hum Hindustan ke bashinde hain?' 'This is Modi's only chance to wipe out his past and make a fresh start...' 'This election has been reduced to only one issue -- communalism...' On the turf of the Modi versus Lalu battleground, Archana Masih/ listens to what young Muslims think of Narendra Modi. Even at the height of the election season, hoardings of coaching classes 'IIT-ians creating IIT-ians'; Lux Cozy and Onn vests ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

No neta campaigns in the village that had this horrid tragedy

Monday is the last day of campaigning in Gandaman where 23 children died after eating a school meal, but no leader has found time to campaign among the villagers. Archana Masih/ returns to the lonely village in Bihar. Earlier... 'Since I lost my children, I can't sleep.... I keep seeing their faces' "This patch used to serve as a helipad, but in this election neta log have not found any time to come," says Surinder Prasad, standing with a bunch of villagers near a memorial outside ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

What it is like to attend a Modi rally

Under a blazing sun, Narendra Modi attacks the Ma-Beta and Lalu Yadav; invokes his tea boy's journey; and asks the youth for a mauka... A stolen mobile, a man who faints, women fleeing the bamboo enclosure to save themselves from being crushed by men -- and a government employee who flouts rules to attend a poll rally because she's a fan of Modi. Archana Masih/ reports from Narendra Modi's first-ever rally in Chhapra, Bihar. "Yuck, Rahul Gandhi is not leader material. He is better ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

First Look: Waiting for Modi in Chhapra, Bihar

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is about to address an election rally in Chhapra, Bihar, now, and here's a first look of the scene at the venue of the rally. Photograph by's Archana Masih.
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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